Teddy Bridgewater, referred to entirely as Theodore Edmond Bridgewater II, is a quarterback of American football, playing in the richest sports league in America – the NFL. His life has been all about football, as he entered the sport straight out of high school, improved in college, and then turned pro. His career is quite young and is certainly one that we should all look out for. The boy is impressive, and here you can find out how he made it.
Teddy Bridgewater’s Biography
Teddy had his first cry like a newborn on November 10, 1992, and this first cry was heard in Liberty City, Miami, Florida by Teddy Bridgewater Sr. and Rose Murphy, his parents. In his family, he has siblings, Harry Gathers, Andrea Bridgewater (brothers), and Nicole Gathers (sister), all of whom are older than him. Teddy and his siblings were reportedly raised by their mother as single parents.
The Liberty City boy went to school at Miami’s Northwestern High School, where he discovered and developed his love of football, supported by his mother. Teddy Bridgewater continued to improve his game when he became an indispensable member of the school’s football team. He played in the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was ranked by Rivals.com as the sixth-best quarterback player with a double threat.
His college career began with the Cardinals of the University of Louisville. He played three full seasons with the team, making impressive 266-yard passes with a few touchdowns that made him the winner of the 2013 Sugar Bowl against the Florida Gators. Judging by his college performance, Teddy was ranked the most promising player in the 2014 NFL Draft.
As the 32nd and final candidate in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Teddy Bridgewater signed a four-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings worth $6.85 million and a signing bonus of $3.3 million. He started as the second quarterback ahead of Christian Ponder, but in the line-up behind veteran Matt Cassel.
In his rookie season with the Vikings, he started out with 13 games played, 12, Teddy finished the season with 2,919 passing yards, a passer-by rating of 85.2, 12 interceptions, and 14 touchdowns. He was named quarterback of the 2014 NFL All-Rookie Team by the Pro Football Writers of America, in addition to his promotion to Pepsi Rookie of the Year 2014, for which fans voted him the best player.
He started the 2015 season with a 20-3 defeat against the San Francisco 49ers, recorded the lowest passer-by rating of his career at 45.7, but it was also the best game of his career this season. In a game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, he scored 25 of 35, 316 yards, scored 2 touchdowns, no interception. The Minnesota Vikings won their first division title in 2009 with a 20-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers. At the end of the season, Teddy Bridgewater was called into his first Pro Bowl.
At the beginning of the 2016 season, he suffered an injury when he tore his cruciate ligament and dislocated his knee. Teddy cared for this injury until the 2017 season, when the Minnesota Vikings refused to renew his contract, but preferred to let him go as a free player. However, after his rapid recovery with personal training sessions, the Vikings decided to add him to their PUP list. In week 15 he played the game against the Cincinnati Bengals, where he received a standing ovation from the crowd when he entered the field. In the game, which ended in a 34-7 win for the Vikings, he interrupted after two attempts to pass.
Teddy joined the New York Jets on March 18, 2018, with a one-year contract that included a $500,000 bonus at contract signing. According to reports, he could earn up to $15 million with non-guaranteed salaries and incentives.
Height, Weight, Body Stats
Teddy is impressively tall at 5’8″ or 6’2″. At this height, he weighs 215 lbs, which is 98 kg.
His other body measurements such as his biceps, chest, and waist measurements have not been determined at this time. As a soccer player, he definitely has an athletic physique.
Other Facts About The NFL Star
- Teddy Bridgewater is a Christian.
- He graduated in 2013 with a degree in sports administration from the University of Louisville.
- Some reports claim he lost his mother to breast cancer, but we can say with certainty that she survived the disease, which has been in remission since 2008.
- After Teddy was drafted by the Vikings, Cadilac gave his mother a unique pink Escalade when they learned that Teddy had always wanted to give her one since he was in third grade.
- The footballer’s net worth is estimated at $2 million.
- He is not married, but has a girlfriend whose name, we are told, is Erika Cardona.